Prostate Cancer and Gay/Bisexual Men

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Sexual Wellbeing and Quality of Life after Prostate Cancer in Gay and Bisexual Men and their Partners

The Sexual Wellbeing and Quality of Life after Prostate Cancer study has now closed.

The Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney would like to thank all those who participated in this study.

What was this study about?

The purpose of this study was to examine the implications for sexual practices and sexual identity in gay and bisexual men and their partners with prostate cancer. We wanted to gain information that will help inform health care providers deliver interventions and facilitate ongoing support and thus prevent difficulties and distress with sexual wellbeing to those who have been affected by prostate cancer.

Who was involved in the study?

Heterosexual identified men and gay and/or bisexual identified men who currently have, or have had, prostate cancer, were invited to participate in the study. Only participants 18 years and older were recruited for the study.

Who conducted the research?

This study was conducted by the Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney (UWS). The research project was funded by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and was a collaboration between UWS and Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP). This research received formal ethics approval from UWS, AIDS Council of Australia (ACON), and Victoria AIDS Council (VAC).

The researchers/investigators on the study were:

  • Professor Jane Ussher (University of Western Sydney)
  • Associate Professor Janette Perz (University of Western Sydney)
  • Professor Suzanne Chambers (Griffith University)
  • Associate Professor David Latini (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Professor Ian Davis (Monash University)
  • Associate Professor Scott Williams (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
  • Mr Alan Brotherton (AIDS Council of NSW)
  • Professor Gary Dowsett (La Trobe University)

What will happen with the results?

We plan to talk about the results with other organisations (e.g., Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, ACON, ANZUP, Cancer Council QLD) so other people can learn about the sexual wellbeing and quality of life after prostate cancer for gay and bisexual men and their male partners. We will do this by presenting and discussing the results with people who look after men with prostate cancer. Whenever we present or discuss the results, your name will not be mentioned and no one will know you participated in the study. If you wanted to know the findings of the study, please contact us via email for any updates.

Contact details

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact the research team on 1800 19 20 02 or email: cancerandsexuality@uws.edu.au

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